Sharon Press new

Sharon B. Press

Phone: 651-523-2356


BA, The George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs
JD, The George Washington University National Law Center  


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Professor Sharon Press, director of the Dispute Resolution Institute, joined Hamline on July 1, 2009. She teaches Mediation, Negotiation, Advanced International Business Negotiation and a Mediation Clinic. She also co-created the required first year course Practice, Problem-Solving and Professional Responsibility. In addition, Press directs the Jerusalem Study Abroad Program: Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions, coaches the Mediation Representation Teams, and serves as the academic advisor to the students who are completing a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem-Solving. Press currently serves as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section Council, on the board of Community Mediation and Restorative Services (CMRS), and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and is a member of the Community Dispute Resolution Advisory Council. She also mediates regularly for the Dispute Resolution Center at Ramsey County Conciliation Court. Press writes a regular feature, “On Professional Practice,” in the ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine with Paul M. Lurie.

Press is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. She is a Minnesota Rule 114 qualified facilitative/hybrid neutral and a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and has made over 200 presentations on ADR topics at conference and continuing education events in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to joining Hamline University, Press served as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center where she was responsible for the ADR programs for the Florida state court system.    


Family Court Services: A Reflection on 50 Years of Contributions, 51 FAM. CT. REV. 48 (2013).

It's Time to Get It Right: Problem-Solving in the First-Year Curriculum, 39 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y (2012).

The Role of Attorneys in ADR - Novel Approaches or More of the Same?, 94 JUDICATURE 244 (2011).
Court-Connected Mediation and Minorities: A Report Card, 39 CAP. U. L. REV. 819 (2011).

Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation in Florida - Implementation Challenges for an Institutionalized Program, 11 NEV. L.J. 306 (2011).

A Second Dive into Adventure Learning, Venturing Beyond the Classroom (in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching series) 217-236 (Christopher Honeyman, et al., eds., 2010)

Straight Off the Deep End in Adventure Learning, in VENTURING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM (in RETHINKING NEGOTIATION TEACHING series) (Christopher Honeyman, et al., eds., 2010). (co-author with James Coben & Christopher Honeyman).

SENIOR JUDGE AS MEDIATOR: ETHICAL ISSUES (2009) (Dispute Resolution Center DVD). (with Janice Fleischer).
MEDIATION THEORY AND PRACTICE (2006). (co-author with James J. Alfini, Jean R. Sternlight & Joseph B. Stulberg).
Institutionalization of Mediation in Florida: At the Crossroads, 108 PENN ST. L. REV. 43 (2003).

Ethics for Provider Organizations, in DISPUTE RESOLUTION ETHICS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE (2002).
Florida Provides Forum for Grievances Against Mediators, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Spring 2001, at 8.
COUNTY COURT MEDIATION: A MEDIATOR'S MANUAL (1999). (co-author with Kimberly Kosch).
The Name of the Game is Movement: Concession-Seeking in Judicial Mediation of Large Money Damage Cases: Commentary, 15 (4) MEDIATION QTRLY (1998).

Institutionalization: Savior or Saboteur of Mediation?, 24 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 903 (1997).

FLORIDA MEDIATION/ARBITRATION PROGRAMS: A COMPENDIUM (ed. 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997). (with Jennifer L. Mason).
Introduction to Mediation; Mediator Qualifications and Training; and County Civil Mediation, in ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN FLORIDA (1995).
MEDIATION WORKS: MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU (1995). (with Gregory Firestone).
What Happens When Mediation Is Institutionalized?: To the Parties, Practitioners and Host Institutions, 9 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 307 (1994).

Building and Maintaining a Statewide Mediation Program: A View from the Field, 81 KY. L.J. 1029 (1993).

ADR: A Critical Review of the Recent Literature, 14(2) JUST. SYS. J. 257 (1991).

Client Problem-Solving: Where ADR and Lawyering Skills Meet“Client Problem-Solving: Where ADR and Lawyering Skills Meet,” (with Katherine Kruse and Bobbi McAdoo), 7 Elon Law Review 225 (2015).